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Today you should know that the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that laws requiring women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound image placed in front of them while they hear a description of the fetus and that ban off-label use of certain abortion-inducing drugs are unconstitutional. Attorneys for the federal government said in a court filing that Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act is speculative, conjectural and fails to meet the test of law.
Gov. Fallin asked President Obama not to shift costs onto the states with federal budget reductions. OK Policy previously discussed what scheduled federal budget cuts could mean for Oklahoma and for education in Oklahoma. State Treasurer Ken Miller wrote a column in defense of conservatism from “ideologically-driven interest groups” like Americans for Tax Reform and the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. A guest post on the OK Policy Blog explains why ALEC’s and Arthur Laffer’s recommendations are worthless for increasing prosperity in the states.
About 7,000 Oklahomans could lose extended federal unemployment benefits if Congress doesn’t renew the program by the end of the year. Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent told a state Supreme Court referee that a charter school bill amended in the final days of the 2012 Legislature to include a $30 million appropriation for textbooks is unconstitutional. The American Prospect has an in-depth profile of Oklahoma’s nationally leading universal pre-K program. Lottery officials said education in the state will receive nearly $500,000 less than estimated earlier.
Oklahoma is returning to a two-party state after election officials voted to no longer recognize the Americans Elect Party. A Cleveland County judge ruled in favor of Republican Rep. Aaron Stiles, saying he beat Democrat Paula Roberts for the House District 45 seat. Attorney Stephen Gold writes in NewsOK four reasons why the governor should reconsider her position on joining the Medicaid expansion. See resources from OK Policy on why expanding Medicaid in Oklahoma makes sense.
The Number of the Dayis the percentage of Oklahoma’s public school funding (K-12) that comes from the federal government. In today’s Policy Note, the Center for American Progress has released a major deficit-reduction plan that would achieve progressive, revenue-enhancing, efficient, simplifying, and pragmatic tax reform along with pragmatic spending cuts that do not undermine the middle class, the poor, or seniors.
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